How a Christian Should Behave on Social Media
Imitate Christ and Model Christian Principles
by J.M. Troppello
“Distracted from distraction by distraction.” – T.S. Eliot
I’m not perfect.
You’re not perfect.
No one is.
Yet as a Christian, you need to live out your daily walk according to Christian principles. I don’t want to pass judgment. That’s not for me to do. I’m simply sharing my thoughts on how a Christian should behave on social media.
I try to think before posting. I don’t want to regret what I post later on. I’ve made some mistakes in the things I’ve posted. However, online I’ve responded a lot better than I’ve reacted in person many times.
I think that’s because my social media persona is important because of my reputation as a professional writer. That’s been my driving force in thinking before I tweet or taking a moment before posting on Facebook or Instagram.
Consider the following ways how Christians should behave on social media.
1. Imitate Christ
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31, NKJV)
It’s important to demonstrate love, kindness, and compassion in all aspects of your life. As a Christian, it is vital that you diligently try to do everything in life that glorifies God. Misbehaving on social media doesn’t glorify God.
2. Be a Witness
“You are what you share.” – Charles Leadbeater
As a Christian, you are called to live out your faith both offline and online. There should be no difference in your behavior in either place. Of course, you and I have failed and will continue to fail in our behavior. However, the main point is that you should be trying to be a good witness.
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 2:3, NKJV)
Don’t become a keyboard warrior on social media. Be a good soldier for Christ.
3. Don’t Agitate
Never add fuel to the fire. This happens so much these days. People are on different sides politically and in other areas of life. Focus on not allowing your differences with others to come out in a negative way on social media.
Always remember that you are a Christian. Your goal should be to share the love of Christ and not judge other people. You are more likely to love someone into the Kingdom of God rather than judging them into it.
4. Mute and Block
If all else fails and you are getting agitated—or someone is acting rudely to you—use the mute and block features on social media. Several years ago, after I started sharing my faith more online and posted Bible verses on social media, I started getting trolled by atheists.
My first reaction was to comment back and share my faith. That did not always go well. Most of the time I was able to stop before I wrote something that would reflect poorly on my witness for Christ.
Now, I rarely respond to negative comments. I usually just mute the person’s profile or block them if things got too far out of hand.
Maybe you’ve heard the phrase:
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”
You can share your faith, but you can’t make someone come to Christ by force. Share your faith, but don’t hit someone (figuratively) over the head with the Bible. There is a time to respond and a time to refrain from responding. Trust God to lead you.
Prayerfully Proceed on Social Media
You can behave on social media in a godly way when you pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you. Remember to imitate Christ, be a good witness, don’t agitate, and mute and block as necessary.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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